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The Creation of Monado III

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Alright, after hours of effort, and a lot of duct tape, I'm proud to unveil my recreation of Monado III from Xenoblade Chronicles. In this blog, you'll be able to see how I went about building this awe-inspiring weapon out of duct tape, cardboard, and paper.

Yes, that's me. I'm wearing the Cyberia Super Replay t-shirt. :P Like a boss.

To give a little backstory to those who haven't played Xenoblade Chronicles-the weapon is also known as Shulk's Monado, or the True Monado. The Monado is the blade Shulk wields, which allows him to see into the future, and to defeat the Mechon. Monado III is the final Monado Shulk wields, which he gains while fighting the final boss, Zanza. Unlike Monado I and II, it's transparent blue, and doesn't open up. It does still have the circle for the various Arts Shulk uses, however.

With that out of the way-here's a step by step process of me recreating Monado III:

Drawing # 1

Like I did constructing Monado I(I'll be doing another blog to show my process with that in the near future), I first drew out the shape of Monado III, for cutting out pieces in the correct shape, as well as getting it sized correctly. What helped with this was that I was able to separate it into fifth's at certain points, and measured them accordingly on the poster paper I used.

Final Drawing

One problem I came across at this point, however, was that the image I pulled off online was actually different from the actual in-game model: the circle in the drawing, as you can see, was not complete, and was more a semi-circle with attachments halfway down. However, in actually, the circle was the same all around(I turned on the game to check out the model), and so, some parts were a bit off. I managed to make do however, so it was alright.

Build # 1

When building the physical model itself, I used simple materials; normal white paper, cardboard, and light blue duct tape. First, I would cut out shapes of the cardboard to fit my drawings, and then stuff them with paper to make the form strong. I would process to wrap it up in the duct tape completely, to give it the color of Monado III.

Build # 2

After building the handle, I proceeded to construct the next fifth of the sword. The above photo is, according to the calculations and measurements I did, 2/5 of the entire blade.

Build # 3 

This was where things got tricky-see, the other 3/5 of the blade isn't straightforward-there are technically two layers wrapped around a sort of light in the middle(which is the white piece). I had to first make two of each of the outer parts, so that it was thick enough, and then I proceeded to make pieces that would go from the top layer to the bottom, wrapped around the white middle.

Build # 4

See what I mean? Plus, the layers got kind of off, so I had to do some cuts and such which meant that it wasn't exactly perfectly sized and all. However, once it got wrapped in duct tape, it was alright. 

Build # 5

There goes the blue duct tape. The odd thing is-I used up almost the entire first roll on the first 2/5, so I had about one entire roll for the actual blade part of it. surprisingly, I managed.

Build # 6

That's how much duct tape I had left. Zilch, zero, nothing. There are still a couple places it could be put, but for all intents and purposes, I'm satisfied. 

Build # 7

For the white piece in the middle, since I didn't have any white tape on hand, I had to wrap white paper around the piece and use clear tape to stick it on. Not how I originally planned it, but, in the end, I'm satisfied, and think it turned out well.

Final Build

Okay, I'm a nerd, I'm a nerd. :P I wanted to show its length-I'm about 6 feet tall, so it ended up about 2 meters in length, since it's a few inches above my head. In any case, I'm really happy with how it turned out, and hope you guys enjoyed this! Again, I'll be doing another blog like this for the original Monado I created awhile ago, since that was different. After I get some more supplies, I'll be tackling my next project-the Shagohod from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. After that, I already know what I'm going to build, but I'll wait a bit before unveiling, since it'll be a tough one, with some added kicks. Anyway, that's it for today-happy blogging people!

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